www.honourpoint.in, remembers Colonel Vasanth Venugopal on his "Birth Anniversary" today.
Born on 25 Mar 1967, Col Vasanth hailed from Bangalore in #Karnataka and belonged to 9 Maratha Li of #IndianArmy. Awarded with #AshokChakra, Col Vasanth was martyred on 31 July 2007 during a counter-insurgency operation in Uri sector in J & K.
By July 2007, Col Vasanth had completed about 9 months as the Commanding Officer of his unit and faced numerous challenging situations by then. On 31 July 2007, his unit received information from the intelligence sources about a group of terrorists attempting to sneak across the Line of Control in Uri sector. Col Vasanth after analyzing the situation decided to launch a search and destroy operation to deal with the terrorists. Realizing the critical importance of the mission, Col Vasanth himself took over the command of the operation and led a pre-dawn raid, against the terrorists.
On reaching the suspected area Col Vasanth and his troops soon spotted the terrorists and challenged them. Col Vasanth ordered his men to take tactical positions to outmaneuver the terrorists. Outflanking them, Col Vasanth engaged the terrorists from close quarters, killing one of them. A heavy gun battle ensued thereafter and Col Vasanth got injured during the exchange of fire. But unmindful of his injuries Col Vasanth continued leading his troops and giving directions to block all escape routes and killed two more terrorists, before succumbing to his injuries. Col Vasanth was a committed soldier and a commanding officer par excellence who led his troops from the front like a true military leader.
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